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Patrick Conway is Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been on the faculty of UNC since 1983. During that time, he has taught courses in introductory economics, international economics, development economics and macroeconomics both to undergraduates and to graduate students. He was awarded the university-wide William C. Friday Award for excellence in teaching, and has been inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.

He served in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire in 1975-77, and as a special assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs in 1980-81. He has served as an international and macroeconomic expert on World Bank missions to Morocco, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine, and has twice been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. He was named a Council on Foreign Relations fellow in 1989 for his work on the implications of the debt crisis for developing countries.

He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC as an undergraduate, and received his BSFS degree in 1975. He then did graduate work at Princeton University, receiving an MPA degree in 1979 and a PhD in Economics in 1984.

His research has focused upon the international aspects of trade and finance with developing countries. He is the author of three books and many refereed journal articles, including Crisis, Stabilization and Growth: Economic Adjustment in Transition Economies in 2001.

In his current research project, he has turned his experience in economic growth and adjustment to international competition abroad towards the question of stimulating growth and adjustment in North Carolina. He has chosen the evolution of the textiles and apparel sectors in North Carolina as a specific example of that growth and adjustment.